Affordable Beginner Drones

Overview of Beginner Drones with Reviews

Product ModelKey FeaturesOverall Score Buy Now
MJX X600 Hexacopter Review

MJX X600 Hexacopter Review

  • Beautiful design
  • Nice control range
  • Affordable price
  • Powerful drone
  • Nice flying duration
  • Switchable transmitter
  • Power switch
2 JJRC H11WH Drone Review

JJRC H11WH Drone Review

  • The controller is very well made
  • Long battery life
  • It is made from a high quality rubbery plastic
  • It is very durable
  • Easy access to the motors
3 Tarantula X6 Review

Tarantula X6 Review

  • Very agile drone that is blast to fly
  • It is pretty stable even in stronger winds
  • Plenty of power to carry GoPro cameras
4 Dromida Ominus Review

Dromida Ominus Review

  • Suits all experience levels
  • Inexpensive replacement parts
  • Extremely durable frame
5 Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam Review

Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam Review

  • Affordable price
  • LED lights provide unique night flying
  • Stability
  • Durability
  • You can fly it both indoors and outdoors
  • Flexible modes for both beginners and experts
  • The drone comes with a 2 GB microSD card and USB card reader
$222.10 Buy It Now
6 Cheerson CX-91 Jumper Review

Cheerson CX-91 Jumper Review

  • Affordable price
  • Decent manoeuvrability
  • RTF drone
  • Very fast
  • A good-quality camera
  • Two flight modes
$313.07 Buy It Now
7 HuanQi H899 Quadcopter Review

HuanQi H899 Quadcopter Review

  • Powerful quad
  • Simple operation for children and beginner
  • Handles wind amazingly
  • Multiple flight modes
  • Great radio range
  • LED lights
  • LVC beeps on radio
  • Camera mount simple to install
  • Does flips
  • Flight duration: 10 minutes
  • GoPro compatible
  • Fast
  • Affordable price
  • Simple motor maintenance
8 Hubsan X4 H107L Review

Hubsan X4 H107L Review

  • Great to fly indoors
  • Very affordable in comparison to other drones of the same rank
  • Super small and fun to fly
  • An extremely balanced body makes it great for manoeuvring
  • Really fast
  • RTF (ready to fly) model
  • Very stable within flight
9 Syma X8W Review

Syma X8W Review

  • Affordable price
  • Smooth and stable flyer
  • 2MP Wi-Fi camera
  • Application is easy to install
  • Powerful battery
  • Flight time is very good
  • FPV flights with any Android or iOS devices
  • Amazing build quality
10 WL Toys V262 Cyclone Review

WL Toys V262 Cyclone Review

  • Perfect for hobbyists who want to make performance-improving modifications, like adding non-stock cameras.
  • The WL Toys V262 is a well-built drone.
  • This drone will accept batteries of even higher capacity.
  • Has good range and the high-capacity battery allows flight times longer than usual for drones in this class.
11 DJI F450 Quadcopter Review

DJI F450 Quadcopter Review

  • Easy to assemble
  • The design is really well thought out
  • Strong arms
  • Bottom plate has a built in Power Distribution Board
  • There is a wide variety of spare parts and accessories
  • Affordable price
  • F450 is light and resists pretty well on a windy day
  • The F450 is easy to see even at a distance
12 Axis Turbo-X Drone Review

Axis Turbo-X Drone Review

  • Perfect for beginners.
  • Tiny and easy to handle.
  • User-friendly.
  • 3D-Flip and Roll.
13 Hubsan H111 Nano Q4 Review

Hubsan H111 Nano Q4 Review

  • Flight Time
  • Durability
  • Stability
14 UDI u842 Falcon Review

UDI u842 Falcon Review

  • Durability - very robust
  • Solid camera
  • Good for tricks and spins in the air
  • Affordable
15 LaTrax Alias Review

LaTrax Alias Review

  • Easy to set up and do flying tricks
  • Powerful motor, fast and lightweight
  • Sturdy and durable, will survive most of newbie crashes
  • Couple of colors to choose from
  • Auto-elevation
  • Spare parts included with instruction manual and USB charger
  • Renown customer service
16 WL Toys V959 Review

WL Toys V959 Review

  • Very fun to fly
  • Extensibility - nice add-ons available
17 Traxxas QR 1 Review

Traxxas QR 1 Review

  • Fun to fly
  • Sturdy
18 Blade Nano QX RTF

Blade Nano QX RTF

  • Agile and responsive in flight
  • Very easy to use and control
  • Spare blades and canopy included in basic package
19 Ionic Stratus Drone Review

Ionic Stratus Drone Review

  • Excellent price
  • Nice look
  • Good battery
  • Wind resistance is enabled
  • Fun to perform 360° flips
Best price
20 Syma X5C Review

Syma X5C Review

  • Extremely affordable for what you're getting
  • 720p HD camera
  • Durable
  • All of its parts are available for repairs
  • Stable enough to fly indoors or outside.
21 Syma x11 – Review of The Best Beginner Drone for 2017?

Syma x11 – Review of The Best Beginner Drone for 2017?

  • Price
  • Quality
  • Battery/Flight time

What Quadcopter is the best for a beginner pilot?

So, unless you were living under the rock in the last half of decade, you probably saw small hovering robots in the air, filming the landscape, most of them in the splendid 4K resolution.

Drones are becoming increasingly popular. Especially in the lower price range, under $100, the model selection is endless. We have summarized what you should know before buying a drone.

 

Just unpack and fly – it is often not that easy. It may take a few days for an untrained pilot to figure out how to control the drone, keep it stable in the air. A crash here and there is almost guaranteed in the first flight tests. So, keeping all this in mind, beginner models should be robust and not too expensive. In addition, you should make sure that you can easily find and buy spare parts, such as propellers (they are usually the first victims of those falls and crashes).

Good drone models have an automatic takeoff and landing. You take off and land them with a push of a button. That’s a big help for beginners. Some threats also lurk in the air, if you take your hands off the control sticks. If you lose control over the drone while in air: simply stay away from the controller. The risk that the drone will crash in that case is significantly lower. More expensive drones often have a home return button – with a push of a button they return to the starting point.

Whether the drone model you bought is easy to fly is possible to tell often only after the purchase. It is wise therefore, to search for buyer reviews, test reports or test videos on Youtube before you pull the trigger on the purchase.

The camera flies along

Many drones come with camera. You should not expect much from a camera on cheaper drones though. The recording quality is not comparable with models between $500 and $1,000. The image is often blurred, the colors pale and every shake of the drone is transferred to the camera (shaky videos).

In order to create stunning aerial photographs in addition to the camera, an image stabilizer is essential. You get the best results from mechanical stabilizers. Optical image stabilizers always reduce the quality of the recordings, because of the way they work – a part of the image can not be used due to the stabilization. The resolution of the camera should at least be HD, 4K recordings are even better. They offer more opportunities to edit afterwards.

For affordable drones around $100 the rule applies: Buy a model that has a camera able to create images in HD resolution. The quality will be higher than in models that send the videos live via radio to your phone. Anyone flying over people, buildings or land filming and shooting, or even uploads the footage on the net, should ask for permission. Otherwise there may be legal problems.

Sensors can prevent accidents

In addition to a high quality camera, good drone models also have numerous security features that facilitate the flying and help avoiding accidents. These include, for example, sensors that detect obstacles in the air. Very helpful are also automatic flight assistants. They ensure that the drone returns to its starting point if it encounters problems, or lands safely when the battery is empty. Intelligent drones also detect if there are no-fly zones – for example in the vicinity of airports.

What are some typical beginner mistakes?

After successfully completing the first flight tests, many newbie pilots rely too much on the drone automatic flying features and focus on the monitor, looking at the camera image. Filled with all the excitement, they re too late to notice when the drone crashes into a tree.

In other cases, beginners do not realize that the compass sensor can easily be impaired by the bodies of parked cars, manhole covers, cell phone towers or steel parts in walls. This messes up the automatic hovering feature and increases a risk of drone fall when you film a building or a inspect a roof. When the pilot is aware of these confounding factors and knows how to fly manually, there is no problem.

If you are a newbie to the whole drone world and want to buy one, you need to know some basics and want to pay attention to some of these things:

  • battery which equals flight time
  • speed – how fast is the drone
  • drone range – how long can it fly away without pilot losing control over it
  • camera – does it have one or does it have option for external camera mount
  • type of controller
  • home return button

Below is the table overview of cheap beginner drones and our reviews of each model:

Product ModelKey FeaturesOverall Score Buy Now
MJX X600 Hexacopter Review

MJX X600 Hexacopter Review

  • Beautiful design
  • Nice control range
  • Affordable price
  • Powerful drone
  • Nice flying duration
  • Switchable transmitter
  • Power switch
2 JJRC H11WH Drone Review

JJRC H11WH Drone Review

  • The controller is very well made
  • Long battery life
  • It is made from a high quality rubbery plastic
  • It is very durable
  • Easy access to the motors
3 Tarantula X6 Review

Tarantula X6 Review

  • Very agile drone that is blast to fly
  • It is pretty stable even in stronger winds
  • Plenty of power to carry GoPro cameras
4 Dromida Ominus Review

Dromida Ominus Review

  • Suits all experience levels
  • Inexpensive replacement parts
  • Extremely durable frame
5 Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam Review

Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam Review

  • Affordable price
  • LED lights provide unique night flying
  • Stability
  • Durability
  • You can fly it both indoors and outdoors
  • Flexible modes for both beginners and experts
  • The drone comes with a 2 GB microSD card and USB card reader
$222.10 Buy It Now
6 Cheerson CX-91 Jumper Review

Cheerson CX-91 Jumper Review

  • Affordable price
  • Decent manoeuvrability
  • RTF drone
  • Very fast
  • A good-quality camera
  • Two flight modes
$313.07 Buy It Now
7 HuanQi H899 Quadcopter Review

HuanQi H899 Quadcopter Review

  • Powerful quad
  • Simple operation for children and beginner
  • Handles wind amazingly
  • Multiple flight modes
  • Great radio range
  • LED lights
  • LVC beeps on radio
  • Camera mount simple to install
  • Does flips
  • Flight duration: 10 minutes
  • GoPro compatible
  • Fast
  • Affordable price
  • Simple motor maintenance
8 Hubsan X4 H107L Review

Hubsan X4 H107L Review

  • Great to fly indoors
  • Very affordable in comparison to other drones of the same rank
  • Super small and fun to fly
  • An extremely balanced body makes it great for manoeuvring
  • Really fast
  • RTF (ready to fly) model
  • Very stable within flight
9 Syma X8W Review

Syma X8W Review

  • Affordable price
  • Smooth and stable flyer
  • 2MP Wi-Fi camera
  • Application is easy to install
  • Powerful battery
  • Flight time is very good
  • FPV flights with any Android or iOS devices
  • Amazing build quality
10 WL Toys V262 Cyclone Review

WL Toys V262 Cyclone Review

  • Perfect for hobbyists who want to make performance-improving modifications, like adding non-stock cameras.
  • The WL Toys V262 is a well-built drone.
  • This drone will accept batteries of even higher capacity.
  • Has good range and the high-capacity battery allows flight times longer than usual for drones in this class.
11 DJI F450 Quadcopter Review

DJI F450 Quadcopter Review

  • Easy to assemble
  • The design is really well thought out
  • Strong arms
  • Bottom plate has a built in Power Distribution Board
  • There is a wide variety of spare parts and accessories
  • Affordable price
  • F450 is light and resists pretty well on a windy day
  • The F450 is easy to see even at a distance
12 Axis Turbo-X Drone Review

Axis Turbo-X Drone Review

  • Perfect for beginners.
  • Tiny and easy to handle.
  • User-friendly.
  • 3D-Flip and Roll.
13 Hubsan H111 Nano Q4 Review

Hubsan H111 Nano Q4 Review

  • Flight Time
  • Durability
  • Stability
14 UDI u842 Falcon Review

UDI u842 Falcon Review

  • Durability - very robust
  • Solid camera
  • Good for tricks and spins in the air
  • Affordable
15 LaTrax Alias Review

LaTrax Alias Review

  • Easy to set up and do flying tricks
  • Powerful motor, fast and lightweight
  • Sturdy and durable, will survive most of newbie crashes
  • Couple of colors to choose from
  • Auto-elevation
  • Spare parts included with instruction manual and USB charger
  • Renown customer service
16 WL Toys V959 Review

WL Toys V959 Review

  • Very fun to fly
  • Extensibility - nice add-ons available
17 Traxxas QR 1 Review

Traxxas QR 1 Review

  • Fun to fly
  • Sturdy
18 Blade Nano QX RTF

Blade Nano QX RTF

  • Agile and responsive in flight
  • Very easy to use and control
  • Spare blades and canopy included in basic package
19 Ionic Stratus Drone Review

Ionic Stratus Drone Review

  • Excellent price
  • Nice look
  • Good battery
  • Wind resistance is enabled
  • Fun to perform 360° flips
Best price
20 Syma X5C Review

Syma X5C Review

  • Extremely affordable for what you're getting
  • 720p HD camera
  • Durable
  • All of its parts are available for repairs
  • Stable enough to fly indoors or outside.
21 Syma x11 – Review of The Best Beginner Drone for 2017?

Syma x11 – Review of The Best Beginner Drone for 2017?

  • Price
  • Quality
  • Battery/Flight time